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Amy Schumer's Trainwreck took out third spot collecting $1.2 million. This brings its total box office earnings in Australia to $11.3 million, while Mission Impossible also took another million, taking its tally to $13.1 million.
Man from U.N.C.L.E continued its lacklustre run, taking $877,854, bringing it to a paltry total of $3.1 million.
Last Cab to Darwin pulled in another $830,000, bringing its cumulative revenue to $4.3 million. It was shown on 258 screens. »
- Staff Writer
This lame return to National Lampoon’s Walley World offers the expected crudity but few laughs
Any film that makes us profoundly nostalgic for the heady days of 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation deserves an award for services to the rose-tinting industry. So, it’s off to Walley World we go again, embarking on a grisly roadtrip with the Griswolds: Next Generation. The presence of Ed Helms (stepping into Chevy Chase’s shoes) presumably explains the preponderance of knob/ass/rim-job jokes, but it’s hard to imagine even Hangover fans being satisfied by such middling vulgarity. What scant laughs are on offer are all spoiled in the trailer; a sequence that finds the Griswolds swimming in shit lasts less than 20 seconds (set-up and pay-off) in the promo but a languorous 10 minutes on screen, and as always the shorter version is funnier. Original stars Chase and Beverly D’Angelo make wearisome cameos, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
All homophobic, xenophobic, scatological grossout, with some rape and pedophilia “jokes” for flavor. How did this happen? I’m “biast” (pro): have hazy good memories of the 1980s films…
I’m “biast” (con): …but really tired of reboot fever
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
For those playing along at home, we’ve gone from — in the 1983 movie Vacation — the comedic stylings of Harold Ramis (director), John Hughes (screenwriter), and Chevy Chase (star) to — in this new sequel/reboot — the desperate flailings of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (writer-directors) and Ed Helms (star). Vacation is yet another example of screenwriters with no experience directing features being given the keys to a studio film, which is one of those great Hollywood tricks that defies all sense. And never mind the directing job! Daley and Goldstein are counterindicated just to write the script alone: they »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s another Friday, and as we all breathe a sigh of relief as the weekend looms, take five minutes to check out the films opening in cinemas in the UK and the Us today. As always, we’ve reviewed and rated them for you (where possible), and also posted links to our more detailed, full reviews.
Check back next week to see how all of these did at the box-office
Synopsis: Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America’s favorite fun park. Following in his father’s (Chevy Chase) footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them. »
- Paul Heath
Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
In order to discuss the faults found within Vacation, the frankly unneeded rehash of what even 20 years ago felt tired, we need to first come to terms with the current state of American comedy. Over at Every Frame a Painting Tony Szhou studies Edgar Wright’s use of framing, camera movement and music to further enhance comedy. Even those at the very top of the American comic food chain – Adam McKay, Judd Apatow and (to a far lesser extent) Adam Sandler – succeed in the creation of jokes »
- Gary Collinson
The not-so-eagerly-awaited return of National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise makes us realise how much we didn’t miss it
A hugely moderate, massively average and colossally middling road-trip comedy spinning off from the not especially well-loved National Lampoon Vacation films of the 80s, which starred Chevy Chase as the guy trying to haul his wife and kids off on various holidays. Ed Helms plays Rusty, Chevy’s now middle-aged son, married to that stalwart comedy trouper Christina Applegate, and he’s planning to replicate his dad’s epic car journey to a distant theme park with his two feisty boys. (Chase himself briefly lumbers onto the screen for a look-away-now cameo as the original character, now an unfunnily shortsighted granddad.)
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- Peter Bradshaw
Ed Helms and Christina Applegate had their work cut out for them following in the footsteps of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo but the two were definitely up for the challenge. We sat down with both of them to talk about how much fun it was making Vacation, women today in comedy and what it
- Nathan McVay
For those in the know, the 1983 Vacation is a true comedy classic; the excellent writer/director team of John Hughes and Harold Ramis with Chevy Chase at the top of his game, effortlessly spoofing the sincere and absurd moments of the average American family holiday. Sadly the sands of time have pretty much buried the film and so the producers of Wedding Crashers and We’re the Millers saw fit to dust off the Griswolds for a new generation. The question is; does this belated sequel have the spark of it’s forbearer?
Hoping for some much needed family bonding and to re-live his happiest summer vacation, down-trodden nice guy Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons with a cross-country »
- Joe Upton
National Lampoon’s Vacation was one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s and this week Ed Helms will try and recreate the magic of perhaps Chevy Chase‘s greatest movie with the remake of Vacation. We took a trip back to the 1980s this week to see if there were any other potential movies that may need the remake treatment.
Some controversial choices follow… so apologies in advance.
Original cast: Chevy Chase
Proposed new cast: Jason Sudeikis
Kevin Smith had his Fletch movie festering in the bowels of Hollywood for nearly a decade. Warner Brothers picked up the rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels in 2011, and as late as last year attached Jason Sudeikis to star in Fletch Won, a film described by The Hollywood Reporter as a ‘gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with McDonald’s novels than the Chevy Chase movies. »
- Paul Heath
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M Goldstein; Screenwriters: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M Goldstein; Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase; Running time: 99 mins; Certificate: 15
As entirely unnecessary reboots go, Vacation isn't half bad. When held up to the ridiculously harsh ratings coming out of the Us for this Chevy Chase vehicle Mot, it seems positively good. But then it's probably worth remembering that the 1983 original wasn't overly well received either. Fart gags, it seems, are never in fashion.
And as you'd expect from a film starring Ed Helms, it's been Hangovered for a new generation by writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein - one in-gag has his kids slyly, but quite understandably, saying they've never heard of the original - with the shit and puke dial turned right up. Yet there are still enough genuine laughs throughout to make it a worthwhile »
The Griswold’s drives cross-country to Walley World in this inspired reboot of the 1983 original so Rusty reconnect with his family.
It’s important to note this film is a continuation of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series as Ed Helms takes the role as Rusty Griswold, the fourth actor to do so, and is now a father of his own. The inspiration for this Griswold to take this eerily similar trip, which the film explicitly notes the technical difference that this trip will have two sons and not a son-daughter duo, is identical to the original – for the family to be closer together in a cramped space. Ed, now portraying Rusty as the patriarch, »
- Matthew Lee
This week, the Vacation movie hits UK cinemas with Leslie Mann in the role of an all grown up Audrey Griswold. It’s a role which will have been played by no less than five actresses (of differing ages) across six movies over the years, and because we’re a sucker for all things Vacation, we thought we’d bring you up to speed on who has played the only daughter of Clark and Ellen Griswold in these fabulous motion pictures, before revealing the identity of a 40-plus-year-old Audrey, who has apparently just been cast earlier on today.
Fyi, Vacation (2015), stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate, a returning Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Yes!), Chris Hemsworth (who will play Stone, the husband to Audrey) and Charlie Day.
The film opens on Friday 21st August.
Let’s have them Audreys.
Dana Hill (below, »
- Paul Heath
There's no denying that the latest National Lampoon's Vacation was a disappointment to most folks, but for those of you have seen the movie, or even the red-band trailer, you have to give it up to Chris Hemsworth for delivering some laughs. The man plays a perfect Thor and isn't afraid to poke fun at himself. This is probably no more evidenced than by the first on-set picture of... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Confined to their New York apartment by their parents, the Angulos learned about the world from their father’s movie collection. As new documentary The Wolfpack tells their extraordinary story, we take them on a tour of a London they already know – thanks to James Bond, Austin Powers and the Spice Girls
‘Isn’t this the roundabout from National Lampoon’s European Vacation?” asks Govinda Angulo. “It is! It is!” The Angulo brothers are sitting atop a London tour bus. But instead of listening to the useless guide (“Haymarket is so named because it’s where people used to buy hay”), they’re supplying their own commentary, based on their favourite movies set in the city.
As the bus circles the roundabout, the four Angulos mutate into the Griswold family from the 1985 movie, re-enacting the scene in which the American tourists, driving a tragic yellow Austin Maxi, circle for hours, »
- Stuart Jeffries
Tom Cruise, that immortal God of luscious hair and death-defying stunts, clobbered the Fantastic Four this weekend, as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took home the top spot at the box office, earning $29.4 million. Josh Trank’s widely-derided Fantastic Four, which was even chastised by its own director (in a tweet he subsequently deleted), earned $26.2 million, which is it the lowest opening weekend gross for a superhero movie since the 2012 monstrosity Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nic Cage’s flaming skeleton head.Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, The Gift, earned rave reviews and a healthy $12 million. The film stars Edgerton as a creepy guy who inflicts psychological torture upon Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Just as creepy, albeit unintentionally, is the National Lampoon reboot Vacation, which attempts to revive the Chevy Chase series that was popular two generations of moviegoers ago. It made $9.1 million. Marvel’s Ant-Man rounds out »
- Greg Cwik
The new version of Vacation isn't doing terribly well either with critics or at the box office. So if you're nostalgic for a bit of vintage National Lampoon, you're probably better advised to turn your attention to the documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. And look - here's a brand new trailer to convince you!The original satirical/surrealist/scatological/stoned National Lampoon magazine began publishing in 1970, hitting a heyday in the late '70s and early '80s during which its rule-brealing humour spilled out into radio, TV and film. But as the documentary discusses, that was also the start of its downfall, with much of its talent pool following the money elsewhere. It coughed its last breath in 1998.Gathered together by director Douglas Tirola to read its final rites is an impressive cast of Lampoon alumni, including Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Christopher Guest, John Landis, Bill Murray, Ivan Reitman and key magazine staff, »
Tradition dictates that Ed Helms be recast as Rusty Griswold should Warner Bros. move ahead with another Vacation movie. The charcter was played by Anthony Michael Hall in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jason Lively in European Vacation, Johnny Galecki in Christmas Vacation, and Ethan Embry in Vegas Vacation. There was even a Vacation short film called Hotel Hell that featured Travis Greer as Clark’s son. If this does in deed happen, however, Helms wouldn’t be too happy. Yahoo Movies caught up with the actor while he was out promoting the latest Vacation to ask him some questions posed by fans on social media. One Twitter user, Kevin Crossman, asked Helms if he’d be sad for any potential recasting. Helms replied: If there’s another Vacation movie and there’s another Rusty, I will understand… »
It hasn’t had the best time with reviews (read our review here), but tracking for the reboot/sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation was looking to be quite promising. The movie had a three-day release prior to its opening weekend, but it still couldn’t bring in the big bucks.
Shown in just over 3,400 screens in the Us, Vacation only managed to bring in $14.8 million. With the extra day’s takings, the movie currently sits at $21.2 million domestically, which has to be seen as a disappointment for Warner Bros. who had expected a huge opening for the movie. It didn’t help that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took a whopping $56 million.
It’s not all bad news. Vacation is yet to open in any other markets and its reported budget was $35 million, so it will likely make its money back as early as next weekend.
See Also: Vacation featurette »
- Luke Owen
The new "Spider-Man" movie, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, is still in the "extremely early" stages. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been announced as the writers, and while talking about their new movie "Vacation," they teased several details on the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie. They noted that they have a meeting set up at the end of the week to go over logistics and other ideas, so everything is only just starting to be put in motion. But Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently talked about the new movie being like a "soap opera in high school," comparing it to a John Hughes movie, and the writers shared more on that theme.
As Daley told Grantland (see the video below):
We're so pumped about it and Marvel seems to be doing everything right. We're both such huge fans of the stuff that they've been putting out. And »
- Gina Carbone
Did you know that the new movie Vacation is based on a true story? Well, okay, technically it's a continuation of a series of movies that started off with a 1983 feature adapted from a short story that was based on real events. John Hughes wrote the source tale, titled Vacation '58, for National Lampoon magazine back in the late '70s, while he was primarily employed at a Chicago ad agency. The story was based on a cross-country road trip he took with his own family as...
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